Kate Spade's husband posts heartbreaking tribute on 1-year anniversary of her death

Andy Spade is paying tribute to his late wife.

On Thursday, the 56-year-old entrepreneur took to Instagram to remember Kate Spade, who died by suicide at age 55 on June 5, 2018. The pic features a small Christmas tree with colorful lights and a small topper, while the caption references the couple's 14-year-old daughter, Bea.

"Dear Katy, this tree is for you. Bea and [I] are planting it outside of our big window to keep your magical spirit and energy close to us everyday," Andy wrote. "It will bless our new home in California and radiate your essence 365 days a year. You were illumines and we feel your presence wherever we go."

Andy, who wed Kate in 1994, continued his praising post by gushing over his wife's best qualities. 

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Kate Spade during The 2001 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards - Arrivals at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Kate Spade during The Fresh Air Fund Salutes American Heroes at Tavern on the Green in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Designer Kate Spade arriving at the 2002 Ace Awards presented by The Accessories Council at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. November 5, 2002. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect.
Kate Spade during The Concert for New York City - After Party at Hudson Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Kate Spade during 13th Annual Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year Awards - Arrivals at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Kate Spade with husband and brother-in-law David Spade at the 20th Annual American Fashion Awards at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City. 06/14/2001. Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
Kate Spade during 17th Annual CFDA Awards at JP Morgan Atrium in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Designer Kate Spade is photographed at her offices. (Photo by David Howells/Corbis via Getty Images)
Kate Spade and Andy Spade during Costume Institute Benefit Dance: 'Party of the Year' - Arrivals at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Kate Spade during 14th Annual GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards - Red Carpet at American Museum of Natural History in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Kate Spade (Photo by Carley Margolis/FilmMagic)
Kate Spade during CFDA 7th on Sale Kick-Off - Red Carpet and Inside at Sky Light Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage for LaForce and Stevens)
NEW YORK - JUNE 7: Designer Kate Spade attends the '2004 CFDA Fashion Awards' at the New York Public Library June 7, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Kate Spade, Andy Spade and Ruth Lande Shuman, founder/president of Publicolor (Photo by Carley Margolis/FilmMagic)
David Spade and Kate Spade during Photographer's Gallery Presents Slim Aarons Curated by Kate Spade at Fred Segal Cafe in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Weeks/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 30: Kate Spade and Andy Spade attend PARSONS The NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN 59TH ANNUAL BENEFIT and FASHION SHOW Honoring SUSAN D. KRONICK, Vice Chairman, Federated Department Stores, Inc. at Grand Hyatt on April 30, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by JIMI CELESTE/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Kate Spade attends the 2015 Basser Center For BRCA Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Kate Spade speaks on stage at Build Series Presents Kate Spade and Andy Spade Discussing Their Latest Project Frances Valentine at Build Studio on April 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)
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"I want to thank you for all of the wonderful gifts you gave me over the years," he wrote. "For your beauty, intelligence and grace under pressure. For your boundless generosity, unflappable honesty and kindness to all living things. For your strength, courage and conviction to your ideals. For your belief in me and so many others. For your infectious laughter and sharp wit."

The co-founder of Kate's iconic fashion line, Andy also wrote about all the things his late wife taught him and all the ways they connected throughout their relationship.

"There was never a dull moment with you. Through the peaks and valleys and alleyways we serpentined through together you were always there. We grew up together, helped raise one another yet vowed to retain our innocence as best we could," he wrote. "You taught me that modesty is always the best policy, to see the good in everyone and to stand up for the crazy and less fortunate. You hated hype and loved the humble. You called me out on my bulls**t yet were nonjudgmental. You talked straight and let me know when I was being cynical or sarcastic."

"You were my best friend, my confidant, my partner in life, business and mischief. The ying to my yang and the zig to my zag. We played ping pong with ideas," he continued. "Our shared passion for The Golden Rule, Kipling’s 'If,' Strunk and White, Atticus Finch and millions other things bound us together like superglue. You were and still are my Superwoman."

Andy ended his heartbreaking message by reflecting on Kate's legacy and expressing his unending love for her.

"I hope you know how many people you inspired through the example you set in the way you lived and the work you created," he wrote. "You were and still are my favorite poem. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for all you have given me and so many others. May your bright, multicolored spirit shine down on us everyday. Heaven is lucky to have you but please know you are truly missed by us still here on earth. Love, Andy"

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Dear Katy, this tree is for you. Bea and are planting it outside of our big window to keep your magical spirit and energy close to us everyday. It will bless our new home in California and radiate your essence 365 days a year. You were illumines and we feel your presence wherever we go. I want to thank you for all of the wonderful gifts you gave me over the years. For your beauty, intelligence and grace under pressure. For your boundless generosity, unflappable honesty and kindness to all living things. For your strength, courage and conviction to your ideals. For your belief in me and so many others. For your infectious laughter and sharp wit. There was never a dull moment with you. Through the peaks and valleys and alleyways we serpentined through together you were always there. We grew up together, helped raise one another yet vowed to retain our innocence as best we could. You taught me that modesty is always the best policy, to see the good in everyone and to stand up for the crazy and less fortunate. You hated hype and loved the humble. You called me out on my bullshit yet were nonjudgmental. You talked straight and let me know when I was was being cynical or sarcastic. You were my best friend, my confidant, my partner in life, business and mischief. The ying to my yang and the zig to my zag. We played ping pong with ideas. Our shared passion for The Golden Rule, Kipling’s “If”, Strunk and White, Atticus Finch and millions other things bound us together like superglue. You were and still are my Superwoman. I hope you know how many people you inspired through the example you set in the way you lived and the work you created. You were and still are my favorite poem. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for all you have given me and so many others. May your bright, multicolored spirit shine down on us everyday. Heaven is lucky to have you but please know you are truly missed by us still here on earth. Love, Andy

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Following Kate's death last year, Andy wrote a message to his late wife on Instagram, once again using an image of a Christmas tree. 

"She was born Christmas Eve, 1962. She loved the Midwest, the desert, and the city. I was lucky enough to have dear friends let my daughter and [me] stay at their home through a difficult time," he wrote at the time. "This tree was standing alone beside the house so we ordered those multicolored, old fashioned lights from Amazon or Target and another dear personal friend gave me a really long extension cord and Bea and I cut a star out of the cardboard box the lights came on and wrapped it in Reynolds wrap (TM) like we do every Christmas."

 

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A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway during New York Fashion Week on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
Model Grace Elizabeth walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway during New York Fashion Week on February 8, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway during New York Fashion Week on February 8, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Kate Spade AW19 Collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for TRESemme)
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